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BTO tagged Cuckoos; The Journey Begins Again
Topic Started: Feb 7 2013, 07:02 PM (7,356 Views)
Davebutterflyman
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Satellite tagged cuckoo has left DRC on his journey back to Britain.



http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/bto-2013-cuckoo.html
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celticsparrow-Jan
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Very good to hear Dave ,lets hope they all have safe journeys back this year.

I have added a bit more info.....

http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking

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David's tag charge low - 6 Feb 2013

The latest transmissions on 2 Feb show that David continued a further 128 km (80 miles) north-west from his last transmitted position on the 30 Jan. He had continued further into the savanna with gallery forest to the north of the huge Congo rainforest block and is now in the Nana-Mambere region in west Central African Republic. The charge on his tag was very low, which may explain why we haven't had any further transmissions form his tag since then. The weather there is currently sunny and around 33 C - over the next month or so the rains will return to this area and those to the northwest, increasing the amount of food available to cuckoos as they prepare for their Saharan crossing.
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Davebutterflyman
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Many thanks for the link and update Jan :cool2:
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Tabatha
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That's good news. :thanks: for the updates Jan and Dave.
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Night Owl
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That's :news: Dave & Jan thank you for posting the links :cool2:
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Birdwatchandy
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birdwatchandy
Thats good news Dave and thanks for the link, the Cuckoo is on my list of must see birds
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celticsparrow-Jan
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An update on Chance,he is one of the cuckoos tagged in Scotland.

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Chance makes a break for it - 8 Feb 2013
After an absence of a week, yesterday afternoon we received a location for Chance suggesting he had moved 925km (575 miles) NNE into Central African Republic. This is surprising as we would expect him to move north west at this time of year, like David did a week ago and all the tracked Cuckoos did last year. Although the accuracy of the location was apparently good, we can't verify whether he has in fact moved there because of the possibility that this is a 'mirror location'. The satellite system always produces two possible locations for a tag based on the signals received as a satellite passes overhead and usually, but not always, selects the most sensible one. The alternative location for Chance based on this satellite pass is in Cameroon and makes more sense to us, but until we receive further locations for Chance’s tag, we won’t be able to say for sure. Make sure you check back to see where he next transmits from
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Night Owl
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:thanks1: for the update Jan it's great to see another one is on the way :cool1:
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Davebutterflyman
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Thanks for that update Jan :cool2:
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celticsparrow-Jan
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David continues towards Chance - 22 Feb 2013
A new position received on the evening of 20 February shows that David has made another move northwards. He is still currently in Cameroon but has travelled 97km (60 miles) slightly west of north, and appears to be heading in the direction of Chance’s last transmitted location. This latest move means that there is 175km (109 miles) separating them now.

Chris and BB in Congo - 19 Feb 2013
Both Chris and BB remain in Congo, at the north end of the Téké Plateau and have shown no sign of moving north yet. We last received a location for BB’s tag this morning and for Chris's yesterday morning. Currently just 85km (53 miles) separates the two of them.

Lloyd on the move too? - 19 Feb 2013
A series of locations received early this morning for Lloyd’s tag showed he is on the move too! He has travelled 210km (130 miles) north-west within Democratic Republic of Congo since Saturday 16 February. This appears to be the beginning of his northwards movements and, although it’s only a short movement, suggests that he may well be heading to West Africa like last year’s cuckoos, despite wintering so far east.

http://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking
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Davebutterflyman
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Many thanks for the updates Jan and good to see that at least all the birds mentioned have made some kind of progress.
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Night Owl
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:thanks1: for posting the updates Jan it's good to see they are all still on course :cool1:
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Davebutterflyman
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Another link regarding the Cuckoo's.

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/Cuckoo-africa013.html
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Night Owl
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:thanks1: for the link Dave I wonder who the first one to make it back will be :thinking:
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Tabatha
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:thanks: for the info and links Jan and Dave. :fingerscrossed: they all successfully return.
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Natural Poolie
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Marsh Harrier
That is good news, hopefully he brings some nice warm sunshine with him!! :lol: Nothing like the sound of a Cuckoo for invoking thoughts of Spring :cool:
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Davebutterflyman
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I agree Paul. We did manage to see one in Norfolk last year and heard them pretty much every day so we are hopeful again this May when we visit again.
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Marsh Harrier
I hope you manage it Dave, good luck!
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Davebutterflyman
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Cheers mate. If we manage photos you will hear is shouting all the way from Norfolk!
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celticsparrow-Jan
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Like Cuckoo-clock work? - 4 Mar 2013
It looks like Chris was lying low in preparation for his next move, as poor quality transmissions received this morning locate him in Cameroon, 525km (326 miles) away from his location in Congo. Chris is the only bird that we are following for the second year of the project and we can see this movement is very similar in timing to last year, when he transmitted from Cameroon on 2 March. We aren’t able to say for sure when he actually arrived in Cameroon this year, only when the tag turned ‘on’ and revealed this new position. It will be interesting to see whether he will stop in Togo next, as he did on 6 March 2012, before continuing to Ghana.

This new north-westerly movement by Chris is almost parallel to BBs’ transmission points, as he travelled from Congo to Cameroon. Chris, BB and David are now all in the East Region of Cameroon. David is 80km (50 miles) to the north-west of Chris while BB is 140km (88 miles) south-west. It’s interesting that these three Cuckoos, one each from England, Scotland and Wales, are all so close together. The other Scottish bird, Chance, is much further west in Ghana, and the other Welsh bird, Lloyd, is to the south-east in Democratic Republic of Congo. How will the routes and timings of our Cuckoos’ journeys compare as they make their way back to the UK?

David joined in Cameroon - 4 Mar 2013
David, along with BB and now Chris, are now all in the East Region of Cameroon. David's tag transmitted a poor quality signal this morning about 20km (12miles) north-west of his previous location, moving him closer to the border with the Central Region. David is 80km (50 miles) to the north-west of Chris's new postion and 120 km (75 miles) north-east of BB.

Lloyd still in DRC - 4 Mar 2013
The last signal shown on the map was transmitted on 24 February but over the weekend we received a further poor quality signal which shows it's likely he has remained in the same area. Zooming in on the map you can see he appears to be in the depths of the Sankuru Nature Reserve. This is the world’s largest continuous protected area for great apes at 11,800 square miles and is the first large-scale reserve in the Congo to be managed by the indigenous people. None of the Cuckoos tracked last year wintered as far east as Lloyd, so we are waiting to see whether he will follow the other Cuckoos to Cameroon or whether he will do something different.
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